Where do I start…?
I am at a loss for words.
Okay… on Tuesday last week we received our first batch of copies of my book, Identity Theft. Just to explain, while we did have a publisher, it was the kind of publisher where you pay them to publish your book: they edit, create a nice book cover, typeset and do some light marketing, get it on Amazon, iBooks, etc. I felt we had a good enough book to attract a real publisher, but I knew that would delay the project at least a year…and patience isn’t my strongest virtue.
However, Wednesday night, 24 hours after opening the first case of books, Elana and I were sitting with our long-time friend Paul Wilbur. Paul gave away Elana at our wedding and has been a father figure to her since she became a believer in 1986. We were chatting when someone came into the room to remind Paul he had a meeting with Destiny Image Publishers, one of the larger Christian publishing houses in the U.S., the next morning.
My ears perked up and thought wouldn’t it be great if Paul mentioned my book to them. I asked him if he would and Elana suggested that Paul take a copy of Identity Theft for them. Now let me state here that it is very difficult to get published without:
- An agent,
- Having already been a published author,
- A book proposal.
And the fact that we already printed 700 copies is only further cause for a publisher to stay away. However….
Paul, who read Identity Theft and loved it, took them the copy, and gave it to their head of acquisitions. He then sent me this email:
I gave your book to the head of the acquisitions dept with a strong recommendation; she seemed genuinely interested and was intrigued by the title and cover! I think they will want to work with you. : )
I was pretty excited, but cautioned myself against getting overconfident. I didn’t want to be disappointed when they rejected it or stipulated that I had to commit to buying a ridiculous amount of copies. However, this woman actually came to Messiah College, where we were at the Messiah Conference with 41 Israelis, and found me (I still don’t know if that was the main reason that she came, or if she had other business there). By 6 p.m. they had offered me my first ever book deal. I thought something was up and asked, “To be clear—you are not asking me for money… or to guarantee that I will buy books?”
“No, Ron, we are taking this on as our project,” Ronda shared.
After some cordial negotiations, I signed the contract and sent it Monday morning. Today, I received it back, signed by Destiny Image!
I have been sitting on this news since July 5th, but didn’t want to share anything until I was holding that signed agreement… or at least looking at the PDF on my computer!
What is more, I received this note from Randy Pennington, my contact there:
Also I forgot to mention that Ronda’s husband started reading your book and he could not put it down. He said this book could be a New York Times best seller and was disappointed when she had to bring it into work. So I believe you are on the right track.
While I feel good about our book, that may be far-reaching, but still extremely encouraging!
Many of you have been right with me in prayer and encouragement over the past year as I was writing Identity Theft. I can’t thank you enough. What a journey… and it’s just beginning! Please pray with me for three things:
1. That God will use this book to bring Jewish people into the Kingdom of God.
2. That He will use it to open up the eyes of believers everywhere to Jewish Roots of Jesus and the greatest perpetration of Identity Theft in history.
3. And, that Jewish believers who believe receiving Yeshua would cut them off from Judaism would see things differently. Just today, during a radio interview with Dr. Michael Brown, a young Jewish believer, Erik, sent in a note saying that in his view, once he became a believer in the Jewish Messiah he became convinced he is no longer Jewish. Pray for Erik!
Together, we can see this book make a real difference!